Mark Boulton

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Designing accessible color systems from Stripe

Good stuff from Stripe on the accessibility of colour in their dashboard.

With the existing tools we found, it was hard to create a color system that allowed us to pick great colors while ensuring accessibility. We decided to create a new tool that uses perceptual color models to give real-time feedback about accessibility. This enabled us to quickly create a color scheme that met our needs, and gave us something we could iterate on in the future.

Dark mode

Jeremy's detailed walk-through of creating a dark mode stylesheet for his web site.

A Modern CSS Reset - Andy Bell

Startup finance pitfalls and how to avoid them

Excellent presentation from YC Partner and CFO Kirsty Nathoo on the most common mistakes startups make with their finances and how they can prevent them.

Form design: from zero to hero all in one blog post by Adam Silver, designer based in London, UK.

This is good stuff. Read it.

90% of the problems found in forms solved in a few hundred precious words.

"IKEA works in a very different way to everyone else"

Eye opening article from IKEA's Marcus Engman on how the design process works at the world's largest furniture company.

Are bad designers hiding behind the term “UX”? - UX Collective

A bit link-baity, but the meat in this article is interesting. Short answer is 'yes' because of the following opening paragraph.

UX Designers have gotten so used to not being responsible for the final look of the product, that they have dangerously distanced themselves from the design craft.
We you define 'design' so narrowly – such as 'visual' design – then of course they are further away from an academic definition of what design is. That said, I'd challenge any nay-s...

Dark Patterns at Scale: Findings from a Crawl of 11K Shopping Websites

Useful collection of categorised dark patterns.

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